An African-American chef is suing his former boss Madeleine Pickens for asking him to cook “Black people food.”
Chef Armand Appling claims that Madeleine Pickens, an ex-wife of Oklahoma energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens ordered him to cook “Black people food”, not “white people food.” The menu included fried chicken, BBQ ribs and cornbread and was offered to the tourists who pay nearly $2,000 a night to stay at Pickens’ Mustang Monument Wild Horse Eco-Resort.
Pickens, who is white, also allegedly made Appling terminate two other Black people working in the kitchen, as they didn’t “look like people we have working at the country club” and didn’t “fit the image” of the staff she wanted at the ranch. To one of those she referred to as her “bull” or “ox” and another was guilty of having “too much personality.”
Pickens’ lawyers state that none of the alleged comments results from racism. They say her word just “reflect a non-racial personality conflict and amount to discourtesy, rudeness or lack of sensitivity.”
We can not predict the outcome of the second hearing, but we are completely sure that the tourists should think twice before spending their money and coming to this ranch. Sponsoring racism is not the best thing to do.